Advocates urge reversal of adult day care decision in Rockingham County
At a news conference Thursday, representatives criticized Commissioners Katharin Pratt and Kevin Coyle for their recent vote to end the Adult Medical Day Program on Dec. 31 after 33 years. They have complained about the program’s financial losses and low enrollment.Commissioner Thomas Tombarello voted against closing the program, which allows seniors and other adults to be dropped off during the day for social support, recreational activities, exercise, nursing supervision, therapy and other services.
Ron Strickland of East Kingston said his 61-year-old wife, Annette, also has Alzheimer’s and enrolled in the program in May. He’s her primary caregiver and said the program has helped him as well by giving him a break on the three days she attends. “It’s been a godsend,” he said. “She’s happy to come here and she has buddies here.”
According to State Rep. Norm Major, R-Plaistow, chairman of the county delegation, the program’s projected loss for this year will be approximately $45,000.
In 2012, Major said approximately 90 percent of the program’s funding came from private payers and Medicaid, with the county picking up 10 percent.
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